I’ve been having trouble finding the time to watch this whole interview but it really is worth your time if you can. I started recapping a bit after the first 23 minutes because I watched that a few days ago. Below are some highlights.
Brooks is very calm and talks about how Tamra made it clear after the reunion last season that she was going to stick it to Vicki and make sure that she got the crap edit this season.
Brooks says that this has been hard on him. But mostly it was hard on his family and friends and his parents. Brooks has four kids ages 24, 21, 16 and 7. He says the oldest two know that it is just a TV show and that they only show a tiny sliver of what is going ont.
Brooks was asked if he regretted being on this season. He said he tries not to have regrets. Brooks says that halfway through filming he became the support system for Vicki coping with the loss of her mother. He was glad he was there for that.
Brooks says he split from Vicki because of the show, and because of the internal family conflict with Brianna. He says that she judged him before they even met based on a blog written by his ex and refused to meet him for an entire year of them dating. He says the first time he met Brianna was the night she eloped with Ryan. He says he felt like she only met him to cushion the blow from her elopement.
As far as the comment that he made to Ryan about saying something about using force to keep Brianna in line he says he did make a stupid comment and he says he has apologized to Brianna and Ryan and Vicki several times. He says he wrote a full page apology to Brianna and Ryan as recently as December of last year hoping for reconciliation. He said he received no response. He said he could not see a future with Vicki when it would not be possible to be in the room with her whole family for the holidays without feeling uncomfortable. He also mentioned that what Ryan did was a crime. California is a two party state and he recorded him without consent and published that information with an intent to cause him embarrassment. Brooks never pursued any legal action toward Ryan, though he could have.
He was asked about when he knew it was not going to work out and ironically he said it was the night of his birthday when they went out to dinner and Shannon caused a conflict with Vicki which caused Vicki to want to leave thus ruining his birthday. How crazy is it that Shannon who was so hurt about David ruining her birthday ruined Brooks’ birthday the following year and helped end a relationship.
The next day, Vicki found out everything about the psychic and started saying that Brooks needed to go into damage control. Brooks was not up for all that. That is when he wanted to go to counseling. He says that Tamra was accusing him of lying based on things on the Internet about his past. He says that he read online that Tamra was a “Monster Mom” but he based his friendship with her off his experiences with her and what he saw and in his experience she is a very loving mother. She didn’t give him the same consideration.
Brooks says that he and Vicki had a great relationship off the show. The interviewer asks if Vicki had left the show to be with him if they would still be together. He is quick to say no. Brianna would still be an issue. He admits that he was asked to leave the house he was living in with Vicki so that they could film Brianna there. He doesn’t say whether production asked or if Vicki asked. Brooks said Vicki took it very hard. Brooks says he loves her and wants the best for her and he is not the best for her. He said the last time he talked to Vicki was just before the reunion taped and after he filmed with Andy. She wanted to know what Andy asked her.
The interviewer asked if Vicki stood up for him enough. He said absolutely she did. She said that the people on the show and Brianna and Ryan were the only people she had to defend them to. He said that was a lot and she was a strong woman. Everyone else in their lives was very supportive. He got Vicki interested in Mississippi football and they would go to the games with friends and she would spend time with him and his parents and that part of their relationship was great.
Brooks talks about how he can do is job anywhere. He still has the same job he had before he met Vicki. The show tried to make it look like he was unemployed and living off of Vicki. That was frustrating.
He was asked about Meghan’s claim that Brooks faked cancer to get out of child support. Brooks says his child support is paid every month and if it wasn’t paid there would have been a warrant for his arrest and his ex wife would have been yelling. Brooks says he has been around Meghan for all of two hours total. He talks about the cease and desist. He says he is waiting to see what if she says anything on the reunion to comply with the cease and desist. He says it’s one thing to be rude and offensive on a TV show and say defaming things but it’s quite another to do so in social media.
Brooks says he is currently in a relationship that could become very serious. Brooks says he is happy to be living life with a lot less drama. He says Vicki is dating too and they both want each other to be happy and find the right person. Vicki si said that she could not be that person. Brooks said his new girlfriend did ask for documentation of his cancer and he has provided it. It didn’t bother him. He shared his information with his parents and close friends and the people who care about him. He doesn’t care about whether or not the housewives believe him. He said moving his things out of the house was hard on her because she was there for the first night. But on subsequent occasions when he picked up other things and he said it would be easier if she was not there and she said she had a date with a doctor. The interviewer asked what advice he would give next guy Vicki dates. He said, “Get Brianna’s approval!”
And finally, Andy Cohen despite all of this still says that there is overwhelming evidence Brooks lied about his cancer. I don’t think Andy Cohen knows what the word evidence means. He says there is no paperwork he has seen that shows that Brooks has cancer. How is his lack of highly personal paperwork regarding someone else “overwhelming evidence of anything?